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Baynton House, Coulston
|Date Photo Taken 20th Cent.|
Uploaded 25/10/2007 08:29:35
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Original Media Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, Chippenham
|Parts of the back of this house date from the original building for Francis Godolphin c.1658. It was occupied by his daughter Elizabeth who, by her will in 1726, founded the Godolphin School in Salisbury. It remained in the family until the death of William Godolphin in 1781 when it was bought by William Evelyn. He enlarged what was said to be a fairly small house and his work can be seen in the five bay east front of the house. It was bought in 1796 by William Long, whose own manor house of Baynton in Edington had been burned down. He further altered it and re-named it Baynton House. John Long was living there in 1840 and it later passed to the Watson-Taylors of Erlestoke, who seem to have let it to tenants. They sold it to G.S.H. Pearson in c. 1915.|
During the war-1940\'s the Scates family lived in the House of steps cottage that belonged to the Pearson\'s of Baynton. For a short period we lived in an apartment in Baynton House.. I was a teenager at the time and remember it well. Of course I have many stories to tell. I have driven through Coulston a few times since. I live in Canada and visit the UK occasionally.
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